Sensitive Teeth

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Some patients experience no problems on a regular basis with their teeth. However, some patients may deal with sensitive teeth. When patients brush and floss their teeth, or eat some of their favorite foods, they may experience sharp, temporary discomfort in one or more of their teeth. In most situations, patients who have sensitive teeth may be dealing with worn enamel on the teeth or exposed tooth roots. However, there are times when this discomfort may be caused by other conditions that require immediate care, such as cavities, broken teeth, worn fillings, or gum disease.

Patients who are struggling with sensitive teeth will first want to visit Broadway Family Dentistry for an evaluation. It is critical that patients ensure that their sensitive teeth are not caused by something that requires immediate care, such as infection of a tooth, a large cavity, or other problem that can be treated with dental care. Those who have sensitive teeth may benefit from the following recommendations:

  • Special toothpaste. Over-the-counter desensitizing toothpastes are available to help patients deal with sensitive teeth. These toothpastes can help relieve discomfort associated with sensitive teeth.
  • Fluoride application. Fluoride can be applied to the natural tooth enamel to offer an extra layer of protection against sensitivity. It can help in strengthening the natural tooth enamel and reduce discomfort.
  • Gum grafting. If sensitivity is caused by the loss or recession of gum tissue over a tooth, it can be improved with gum grafting. This is a specialized procedure during which soft tissues from elsewhere in the mouth can be removed and attached in the affected area. The gum grafting treatment can protect and cover the exposed roots to reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If sensitive teeth are caused by an infection in the tooth, root canal therapy may be recommended. Root canal therapy, or “endodontic treatment,” removes the dental pulp from inside of a tooth and deaden the tooth to eliminate the need for permanent extraction.

Learn more about tooth sensitivity causes today

Call Broadway Family Dentistry in Minot, ND to schedule an appointment with our dentists to discuss your dental needs. Drs. Stanley Hirst and Bethany Jensen can be reached by calling (701) 839-1299 and visiting the office at 1839 South Broadway Street. Our practice accepts new patients seeking quality care.

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